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->'''Dr. Iris Hineman''': Most of the time, all three precognitives will see things the same way but'' once ''in a while one of them will see things differently than the others.\\
'''John Anderton''': Jesus Christ, why didn't I know about this?\\
'''Dr. Hineman''': Because these "[[TitleDrop minority reports]]" are destroyed the instant they occur.

''Minority Report'' is a 2002 [[PostCyberPunk postcyberpunk]] science fiction film directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg starring Creator/TomCruise, loosely based on the 1956 Creator/PhilipKDick short story "The Minority Report".

Set in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC and Virginia in the year 2054, the film centers around a new and experimental branch of the police, the [[PrecrimeArrest "Precrime Division", which tracks murders about to happen]] with the aid of three precognitive psychics who can see the future in limited flashes. Things start to get tricky when one of the chief Precrime officers, John Anderton (Cruise) gets flagged by the precogs as a future murderer. Now, he is forced to evade his own fellow officers as he tries to figure out why he would want to murder a man he's never even heard of yet...

One of both Spielberg and Cruise's most successful films, not only raking in more than three times its hundred-million-dollar budget worldwide, but also scoring nearly universal acclaim from critics with a 92% on RottenTomatoes. Creator/RogerEbert even named it the best film of 2002.

In fall of 2015 it will receive a [[RecycledTheSeries television adaptation]] on Creator/{{Fox}}. The series follows Dashiell ten years after the end of the film as he continues to use his gift to help people on his own, though he has little success until he partners with a detective that can put his visions to use. See tropes for the series [[Series/MinorityReport2015 here]].

!! This movie contains examples of:
* ActionPrologue: The opening sequence is designed to demonstrate the process of how a typical Precrime is investigated and solved
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the short story, Anderton was fat, bald, and old. [[SarcasmMode So naturally, the ideal casting choice was (drumroll) Tom Cruise]]. Additionally, the precogs looked rather more unearthly - they were described as [[NotEvenHuman mutated]] {{Talkative Loon}}s whose babblings were translated by computer into prophecies. Here, their appearances are decent enough, excluding their mildly pale complexions.
* AdaptationExpansion: The original short story was quite short and focused on the core premise and the paradoxes caused by seeing the future. The film adds additional backstory, more fleshed-out character, more world-building and a more complex plot.
* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: The event that kicks the plot off -- Anderton's future murder -- is explained as a paradox in the book; The three Precogs usually produce fairly similar visions, which is then averaged by computer modeling, but occasionally, one will have a vision distinct from the other two, usually due to the murderer's likelihood of actually committing the murder - the titular "Minority Report." If the minority report is not a murder, then the average is that the subject will commit a murder. If the minority report is a murder, then the average is that the subject will not commit a murder. In the end it is discovered that Anderton [[spoiler:has ''three'' Minority Reports - all three Precogs saw ''wildly'' different futures. One Precog saw the future where he commits a murder, one saw a future where he does not, and the third saw a future based on decisions he makes upon seeing the other two reports ''yet commits the murder anyway.'' The two "murder" futures averaged to a "murder" prediction, but such a thing could only occur to the director of Precrime, as he is the only one who could choose to view the individual reports instead of the average assembled by computer modeling.]] This absolute MindScrew is missing from the film in favor of a simpler plot; Anderton [[spoiler:accidentally awakens a precog, who shows him a vision of her mother's murder - which was arranged by the BigBad. Anderton retrieves the vision and shows it to the Big Bad - who then decides [[HeKnowsTooMuch Anderton Knows Too Much]], and hires a junkie to confess to the murder of Anderton's son, the one thing that would drive Anderton to murder.]]
* AdultFear: Anderton losing his son in the few seconds he looks away...
** [[spoiler:Anne Lively's daughter was more or less taken from her by the government and horribly experimented on. Admittedly she was at the time a junkie unfit to care for a child. The real horror comes from after she cleaned up and wanted her child back. She is unable to save her, and is killed for her efforts.]]
* AdvertOverloadedFuture: Walking down the street has become a hyperstimulating nightmare, as talking holographic advertisements use retinal scans to sell directly to you. Constantly.
* AndIMustScream: Daily life for the precogs: Watching murders again and again while being drugged. When Agatha finally gets a chance to scream she promptly does so.
* ArcWords: "Can you see?"
** Related, there are quite a few bits of dialog mentioning "eyes" in some context.
* AutomatedAutomobiles: The Maglev system. Unfortunately for Anderton, the police can redirect them at any time.
* BabiesEverAfter: Played pleasantly straight.
* BackAlleyDoctor: The dude Anderton goes to for an [[EyeScream eyeball transplant]], brilliantly and nauseatingly rendered by Creator/PeterStormare.
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* BatmanColdOpen: Anderton and the Precrime Division arrest a man who was about to kill his wife and her lover. Also uses Danny Witwer as the AudienceSurrogate during the scene to ask how everything works, getting the audience familiar with the process.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Why the Precog caretaker gives Anderton a head start to escape the facility before sounding the alarm.
* BerserkButton: "Don't you ''EVER SAY HIS NAME''! [[spoiler:You used the memory of my dead son to set me up! It was the one thing you knew that would drive me to murder!"]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Lamar Burgess.]]
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* BigBrotherIsWatching: The extent to which the government surveils, invades the privacy of and lies to American citizens in this film borders on the authoritarian.
* BigDamnHeroes: Directly invoked every time Precrime officers or "Precops" prevent a murder. This trope is their job.
* BigNo: Agatha, [[spoiler: when Crow got killed anyway despite Anderton not actually doing it quite as predicted.]]
* BilingualBonus: Let's just say the BackAlleyDoctor is NOT very kind to his partner, who in turn is really creepy in a pervy way. When he summons her, he is saying, "Greta, get the hell out of there, wipe your ass, hurry up!"
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Anderton's son is dead for real, Precrime gets shut down and murder presumably goes up again, but the precogs are free to live their lives peacefully while Anderton and Lara get back together.]]
** May also be a DownerEnding depending on [[EpilepticTrees your interpretation]].
* BizarreBabyBoom: The precogs are the children of [[FantasticDrug "Neuroin" (Neurological hEROIN)]] addicts.
* BlackComedy: Most of what Solomon says. Additionally, there's an amusing moment when Burgess has just [[spoiler: murdered Witwer]] and receives a call from Lana telling him that Anderton is at her cottage. She asks Burgess not to tell Witwer, upon which Burgess glances at [[spoiler: Witwer's body]] and replies "I won't say a word."
** There's also the entry under BloodyHilarious.
* BlackHelicopter: The jump jets used by the police.
* BlatantLies: The Precrime tour guide has a, shall we say, rather idealized story of Precog life to tell the kiddies.
* BlindMistake: Tom Cruise's character is recovering from eye replacement surgery and eats the nasty rotting sandwich instead of the freshly made one sitting right next to it. And then washes it down with sour milk.
* BlindWithoutEm: Used to creepy effect in the BatmanColdOpen.
* BloodyHilarious: The scene in which Anderton accidentally drops his original eyeballs on a sloped floor and has to chase after them might as well have "Yakety Sax" playing over it, [[http://technabob.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/minority-kart.gif or better yet]].
* BodyMotifs: Eyes are absolutely ''everywhere''. The identification system in D.C. is based on retinal scanners. An important character is called "Iris", and another minor character is named "van Eyck". Names of victims and perpetrators are carved into wooden balls which resemble eyes. The ArcWords of the film are "Can you see?" And so on and so forth.
* BorrowedBiometricBypass: Retinal scanners are everywhere. Solution: eyeball transplant.
* BrownNote: One of the more interesting less-lethal options available to the Pre-Crime cops is the Sick-Stick, a collapsible baton that induces violent vomiting in the target.
* BulletHolesAndRevelations: The death of [[spoiler:Burgess]]. Covered in MortonsFork.
* TheCameo: Filmmaker Creator/CameronCrowe makes a brief, but noticeable appearance on-board the metro as a guy who recognizes Anderton in a newspaper while sitting directly across from him. Also, a FreezeFrameBonus will show the woman sitting behind Crowe is Creator/CameronDiaz. The two of them had worked with Cruise in his previous film, ''VanillaSky''.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Anderton and Fletcher, when the Pre Cops have cornered him in an alleyway, take a moment to discuss Fletcher's rough landing due to a bad knee.
* Catch22Dilemma: What [[spoiler:Burgess]] is faced with at the climax of the movie.
* ChekhovsArmoury: When escaping through the mall, short-range precognition causes this.
* ChekhovsGun: Burgess' award is a literal example
* ChekhovsSkill:
** Anderton holding his breath.
** Anderton was always a skilled runner.
* ClearMyName: Anderton is out to clear his own when he is convicted of a crime he has not yet committed.
* {{Contortionist}}: A group of them portray yoga practitioners in this film, mainly to give a brief pause in the action.
* ColorMotif: the wood upon which a future murder's victim(s) and perpetrator are laser-etched into correspond to the color of blood:
** Spur-of-the-moment second-degree murders with no more than an hour to prevent are "red balls," analogous to fresh, still-wet blood
** Premeditated first-degree murders with a four-day window to prevent are "brown balls," analogous to blood that's long since dried
* ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument: When Anderton finally gets access to Agatha's precognition of the murder of Anne Lively, the vision plays backwards and cuts out immediately before revealing who the killer is. Anderton ignores this because the would-be killer has already been arrested and incarcerated [[spoiler: or so he thinks.]]
* ConveyorBeltODoom: The fight in the car factory.
* CoolCar: The sweet-looking, sleek, red [[http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/lexus/lexus_chicago_06.jpg 2054 Lexus]] luxury car Anderton drives out of the factory.
* CoolGuns: Those awesome shockwave blasters from the factory fight.
* CryoPrison: Those arrested by the Pre-Crime unit are placed in perpetual suspended animation as punishment.
* {{Cyberpunk}}/[[PostCyberPunk Postcyberpunk]]
* {{Cyberspace}}: The cyber parlor "[[DreamWeaver Dreamweaver]]" provides services for people to experience their own virtual fantasies. Everything from flying to sex, and murder.
--> '''Rufus T. Riley''': What's your pleasure? We got it all here. We got sports fantasies. We got what I like to call "Look Ma, I can fly" fantasies which encompasses everything from bungee jumping to soaring like an eagle over the Grand Canyon. We got guys coming in wanting to experience sex as a woman, we got women coming to get laid by their favorite soap stars or...''just some good clean fun''. (Mimicking moaning) ''Oh, ,oh, oh, oh yeah, ha ha''. It's a big rush, but you come out the other side without a heart attack.\\
'''Customer''': I...wanna "kill my boss".\\
'''Rufus''': Uh huh, OK. You got some images I can work with?
* DecompositeCharacter: Characteristics of John Anderton from the original short story are divided into John Anderton of the film and Lamar Burgess. Movie John works for Precrime and is set up as a suspect as future murderer, while Lamar is the one who created Precrime this time and also [[spoiler: had someone KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade]].
* DestinationDefenestration: Subverted. Anderton tackles Howard when Howard is about to murder his wife, sending both of them flying at the bedroom window. They only make it partway through the window.
** Played straight later with the death of Leo Crow.
* DestructiveSavior: Precops are sometimes this, depending on the circumstance. For example, during the Marks case, John manages to prevent the murder, but then the rest of the team breaks into the house via the SoftGlass ceiling window probably costing thousands in repair.
** Their detection methods can be inconvenient and intrusive, like when the eye-dent "spiders" identify all tenants of an apartment building, making two little girls cry in terror and also interrupting one couple during sex.
* DirtyMindReading: Rufus apologizes for his dirty thoughts when he realizes that Agatha is a precog.
** Dirty thoughts involving [[KissingCousins his ''cousin'']].
* DivorceIsTemporary: Though given a bit more explanation than some examples; [[spoiler: partway through the movie, Laura says she thought of her dead son every time she saw her husband. Near the end, Agatha helps them come to terms with his death.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Burgess.]]
* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: Used rather brilliantly.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: Danny Witver sees the minority report about Anne Lively and realizes that someone got away with murder. He's explaining to Burgess how someone would have needed to see the prevision in order to fake it, probably someone very high up. [[spoiler: However, at that moment, Burgess stops Danny's train of thought by mentioning that he can hear nothing at all due to the Pre-Cogs being offline...and promptly shoots him.]]
* ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation: The Precrime computers. Just don't pick your nose.
* EyelessFace: The dealer from whom Anderton buys his drugs, possibly sold them to a BackAlleyDoctor.
* EyeScream: See BorrowedBiometricBypass and BackAlleyDoctor, above.
** The movie in general has an eye theme going on. You can just imagine.
* FacialRecognitionSoftware: Used realistically here. For instance, in the opening sequence, the perpetrator is identified as 'Howard Marks', but with there being six people that have that same name, Anderton has to compare the driver's license photos with the images from the vision to isolate the specific one they want to capture.
* FantasticDrug: "Neuroin" (possibly a portmanteau of Neuro and Heroin). Also another inhalant drug called either "clarity" or "whiff."
* FastRoping: The SWAT team in the opening scene.
* FilmNoir: In interviews with Spielberg he described the film as being very much within the ''noir'' (or perhaps neo-''noir'') tradition, and during the pre-production phase he sat down with many classic ''noirs'' (among them ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' and ''Film/TheAsphaltJungle'') for inspiration.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "You ever get any false positives? Someone intends to kill his boss or his wife, but they never go through with it."
* FrameUp: [[spoiler: Double subverted with]] Anderton, and played straight with [[spoiler: Crow]].
* FugitiveArc: Anderton goes on the lam, hoping to glean an important clue from the strongest Pre-Cog, whose visions often include significant details that the two other clairvoyants miss and [[ClearMyName clear his name]].
* FunctionalAddict: Anderton is addicted to whiff, though this doesn't seem to hinder him in his job or in his ongoing attempt to avoid arrest and clear his name. Mostly he just uses it as a coping mechanism for his depression and severe stress.
* FuturisticSuperhighway: MAGLEV (magnetic levitation) highways, loosely inspired by existing train lines in China. The highways are substantially different from those in the present day, allowing some cars to drive themselves, let law enforcement easily intercept cars harboring suspected criminals by changing the vehicle's travel route and destination, and (most notable of all) drive up vertical roads.
* GardenOfEvil: Dr. Iris Hineman's greenhouse.
* AGodIAmNot: Witwer notes that some people have begun to worship the pre-cogs as godlike, divine creatures, but Anderton very pointedly insists that they are nothing of the kind. The pre-cogs themselves, naturally, can express no opinion on the matter.
* GPSEvidence: Justified. The [=PreCogs=] can only determine the identity of the victims and the perpetrators and the exact time of death. Anderton has to analyze the images being produced by the [=PreCogs=]' visions and look for telltale clues to determine the exact location of the crime. Even more justified with the opening sequence, where Anderton has to use this trope to identify Howard Marks's address after it turns out he moved recently from his old address.
* GunStruggle: Leo Crow's death
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: And for a limited time, this trope comes with an IdiotBall, free of charge! Witwer didn't seem to [[CreekMoment connect the dots]] until he was already in the room [[OhCrap alone with Burgess]].
* HiddenInPlainSight: During the chase at the mall Agatha insisted they stay out in the open while a SWAT team was about to survey the entire plaza. [[spoiler: A large collection of balloons hides them from the SWAT vantage point and they were able to sneak away, virtually in plain sight.]]
* HolographicTerminal: The Precrime division gets the coolest computers EVER.
* HumanPopsicle: Implied fate of future murderers.
* IdiotBall: Anderton learns that he's been predicted to go to a specific place at a specific time to kill someone he's never met. Even though he absolutely believes in Precrime, he is convinced this particular vision is bunk because he has no motivation that he knows of. Since he's aware of where and when he will commit this murder, the logical thing to do would be to hide himself until such time that the vision is rendered invalid, at worst proving that the Precogs' vision was wrong (or, one could argue, was prevented because he himself chose to prevent it). The subsequent investigation could then be carried out at his leisure. Instead, he follows the vision to the best of his ability, thus placing him in that situation and allowing himself to be easily framed.
** Logical though running and hiding would have been, we are speaking with the benefit of hindsight here. We are caught up in the heat of the moment, where Anderton's judgement is clouded by doubt, panic, curiosity and disbelief. As Witwer points out, Anderton won't just run and hide, "because he thinks he's innocent". Even when Agatha tries to persuade Anderton not to face his "destiny", Anderton won't, as he does not believe he could have committed a murder and is so driven to find out why he would do so.
** The matter is, Anderton viewing himself in the future committing a murder is a fundamental paradox. The logic is that if you viewed yourself killing someone in the near future, with this knowledge, you would prevent yourself from doing so. One of the main points of the film is to ask the question of if you really would succeed in doing so. The resolution is that in the act of trying as hard as possible to prevent himself from committing the crime, Anderton does, in fact, commit the crime, just not in the way it was supposed to go down (it changes from premeditated execution to SuicideByCop).
* ImportantHaircut: After getting arrested, all convicts are shaved before being put into stasis. [[spoiler:When Anderton escapes prison at the end of the film, his head has been shaved.]]
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Or [[spoiler: drowning]], in this case.
* InNameOnly: The short story has the ''exact opposite'' [[AnAesop message]], with Anderton [[spoiler:willingly going away (to a much less {{dystopia}}n sentence) to preserve an otherwise perfect system - the inaccurate precog reports, for paradox-related reasons, could only ever have happened to the guy who ''personally read them.'']]
* InspectorJavert: Danny Witwer, once John gets tagged.
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* IrishPriest: Witwer spent a year in seminary before he became a cop.
* IronicNurseryTune: The BackAlleyDoctor's nurse sings the Swedish nursery song ''Små grodorna'' ("Small frogs") with the original ''Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de'' ("no ears, no ears, no tails they have") replaced by ''Ej ögon, ej ögon'' ("no eyes they have").
* JetPack: Standard police issue, no less.
* JumpScare: When Agatha grabs Anderton's arm in the Temple.
** Also may qualify if you have your volume turned up when Lamar [[spoiler:suddenly kills Danny Witwer]].
* KillHimAlready: [[spoiler:Inverted with Crow. Crow tells ''Anderton'' to kill ''him'' already so that his family can get the money he was promised.]]
* KitchenChase: During his first police chase scene, John and a police man burst into a kitchen.
* LatexPerfection: Subverted. The method used looks extremely painful. It is also not meant to make the person look like anyone specific, just not themselves.
* LawmanBaton: Sick-sticks, which have been updated with the ability to cause immediate emptying of stomach contents (which while messy, is a very effective means of incapacitation).
* LawmanGoneBad: The trope is both subverted and played straight. For a while, it seems as if John Anderton will become a murderer, since he's already abusing neuroin to cope with the death of his son. In fact, it's [[spoiler:his boss, Lamar Burgess]], who has been committing murders to [[spoiler:validate the pre-crime system]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: At one point, an officer says they have 51 minutes and 28 seconds to stop Anderton from committing the murder. Since it occurs much sooner in the movie, this appears to be a reversal of the MagicCountdown trope, until one realizes that the time period mentioned was [[FridgeBrilliance the exact amount of running time left in the movie.]]
* LogoJoke: The 20th Century Fox logo and other credits are filtered to look like they are underwater. This segues into Agatha in the [=PreCog=] tank predicting a murder.
* LotusEaterMachine: The containment cells are said to be this.
* MadnessMantra: Anderton starts repeating "Everybody runs" when the cops are circling in on him, as he's about to officially go fugitive.
* MagicFloppyDisk: A very [[{{Zeerust}} retro]] accessory on the otherwise very futuristic computers.
* MercyLead: Offered to Anderton by the precogs' caretaker. In this case, it comes with an extra (unremarked-upon) wrinkle - since John is wanted for a ''future'' killing, the caretaker is becoming an accessory to that murder by allowing him to go free.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Anderton's discovery that Agatha's data stream is missing from a pre-crime from several years previous leads him to uncovering [[spoiler:a successful murder committed by a Precrime officer themselves, on which the future of Precrime rests.]]
* MortonsFork: [[spoiler: Burgess is defeated when Anderton sets this up. Anderton provokes Burgess to murder him, triggering a precog, then uses a BreakingSpeech to lay this out for him. Either Burgess kills Anderton, thus proving that the system works but ending up "in hell with a halo," or he doesn't, and is arrested for the future murder that he decided not to commit. Burgess [[TakingAThirdOption takes a third option]], [[DrivenToSuicide and kills himself]], thus [[ThanatosGambit proving the precog wrong and destroying the system]].]]
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: The protagonist escapes by blending into a crowd of people with similar, if not identical, umbrella design when it's raining.
* NoOSHACompliance: No one's on duty in the fully-automated Lexus plant, at the very least to hit a cutoff switch when a man wanders onto the assembly line. Oddly enough this doesn't occur to any of the police charged with delivering a suspect safely as possible, either.
* NonLinearCharacter: Agatha is so used to seeing nothing but the future that after Anderton breaks her out of Precrime she has to ask him "Is this now?", as it's been so long since she's seen the present.
* OhCrap: When the precogs predict Leo Crow's murder by Anderton, their caretaker offers him a MercyLead. On the way out, Anderton gets stuck in an elevator with Danny Witwer, the InternalAffairs agent. Witwer confronts Anderton about his [[FantasticDrug neuroin]] addiction, and Anderton in turn accuses Witwer of framing him and pulls a gun on him.
-->'''Danny Witwer''': Come on, John, I know you're not going to kill me. I don't hear a [[RedAlert red ball]].
** Naturally, this is the moment the MercyLead expires, and the "imminent murder" alarm goes off. Witwer reacts [[OhCrap appropriately]].
** Anderton gets a very brief one [[spoiler: when he hears that he is also charged with Danny Witwer's death right when he is haloed.]]
* OrgyOfEvidence: The TropeNamer.
** TooGoodToBeTrue: As Witwer explains upon analyzing Crow's death scene, his skepticism comes from experience:
-->'''Danny Witwer''': I worked homicide before I went federal. This is what we call an [[TropeNamer orgy of evidence]]. You know how many orgies I had as a homicide cop?\\
'''Officer Fletcher''': How many?\\
'''Danny Witwer''': None.
* PackedHero: Played for drama as Anderton navigates a conveyor belt, then for sheer [[RuleOfCool cool]] as he drives off in the completed car.
* PaintingTheMedium: Most of the film is very heavily stylized, with deliberate overlighting, high contrasts between dark and light and a very obvious blue tint to the visuals. However, when Anderton has a {{Flashback}} to bringing his son to a swimming pool, the scene is shot and lit in a more conventional, naturalistic manner.
* ParanoiaFuel: In-universe. The surgeon [[SarcasmMode thanks]] Anderton for the [[PrisonRape enlightenment]] he had in prison while prepping him for surgery. Turns out that prison did improve him, because he performs the surgery flawlessly. He even throw some [[ChekhovsGun useful items]] on the deal, [[SincerityMode so he]] ''[[SincerityMode was]]'' [[SincerityMode grateful]]. The extent on which he ''[[HoYay enjoyed]]'' [[PrisonRape the experience]] is left at [[FanDisservice viewers discretion]].
* PeopleJars: The containment facilities, and to a lesser extent the pool containing the precogs.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Precrime, quite literally. Three of them, in fact.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler: Anne Lively.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: When Anderton confronts the man who apparently [[spoiler:kidnapped his son.]]
* PrecrimeArrest: The TropeNamer, though the only crime the Precogs are able to predict is murder. There is talk of expanding it into lesser crimes, as well.
* PrisonRape: Dr. Solomon says that avoiding this was his main motivation behind spending so much time in the prison library during his incarceration in Baltimore.
* ProductPlacement:
** In the future we will shop at the Gap, eat Burger King, drink Guinness, and pay for it with American Express. And the best part is, none of their logos have changed in the last 50 years. When Anderton looks at his watch, you can see that it is a Bvlgari. However, through most of the film, he's wearing a different watch altogether and we don't notice it because we don't see the logo.
** Though some of it is to show how ads are everywhere in this world without privacy.
** Also: the ads know your name, your buying history, your basic medical vital stats (at the moment you walk past) like pulse and respiration rate, and...?
** Spielberg did this on purpose to show exactly how invasive it ''could'' get. It may or may not have had the same effect with made-up products, but then the studio would've had to pay someone to make up products. This way they get verisimilitude ''and'' sponsorship money.
* PsychicPowers: Specifically, precognition.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Anderton and Hineman are both fond of listening to classical music.
* ReadingYourRights: Very powerfully invoked here, since Anderton was wrestling for a very long time over whether or not he was going to shoot the man he suspected of [[spoiler:kidnapping his son. The cop side won.]]
* RealIsBrown: Or, "Real is Kind Of Blue" to invoke a futuristic feel (that's why the only scene that doesn't use it is a {{flashback}}).
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler: Subverted. Lamar Burgess]] seems to act this way towards Anderton.
* RedAlert: Red Ball, more precisely. A Red Ball is issued when the [=PreCogs=] predict that a crime of passion is going to be committed. It gets treated like this trope because while Brown Balls (premeditated murders) can be predicted as early as four days before crime is committed, Red Balls can only be predicted within the hour before the crime is committed due to the lack of premeditation.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Witwer looks like the villain initially.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler:After Precrime is shut down, John and Lara rekindle their relationship and she's pregnant with their second child.]]
* RewindReplayRepeat: In scrubbing the images for Howard Marks's crime, Anderton flips back-and-forth between a few frames of video which show a kid quickly moving to opposite sides of a man, eventually realizing the man is standing in front of a playground.
* SayingTooMuch: [[spoiler:Burgess]]'s crucial error, which is noticed: "I never said [[spoiler: she drowned]]." Doubles as INeverSaidItWasPoison, as mentioned above.
* SayMyName: "Chief, chief... '''ANDERTON!!!'''"
* ScareChord: An eyeball is placed on an organ's keys, justifying the chord. And playing it.
* ScienceFiction: One of the better, harder mainstream examples of the 2000s.
* SchrodingersButterfly: [[spoiler:Did John clear his name or was the ending of the film just a dream he was having in his containment cell?]]
* ScrewDestiny: Stated to be simple in the scene where Anderton rolls a ball across a table, stating that changing the future does not change the intent behind people's actions. What is ''hard'' is [[TakeAThirdOption Taking A Third Option.]]
-->'''Anderton''': [[http://www.videodetective.com/movies/trailers/minority-report-predetermination-trailer/315764 The fact that you prevented it from happening doesn't change the fact that it was going to happen.]]
* ScryVsScry: In the book, [[spoiler: the key paradox is a result of this, because the third report tries to take into account the fact that the director of Precrime can read the reports, causing everything to bork up]].
* SecretProjectRefugeeFamily: The three precogs at the end.
* {{Seers}}: The precogs.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Exemplified.
* SenselessPhagia: The ''other'' sandwich[=/=]milk combo.
* ShearMenace: In the opening case, we see premonitions of a husband catching his wife and her lover in bed. He goes berserk and grabs a pair of scissors laying around to kill them both.
* ShoutOut: The [=PreCog=]s (Agatha, Arthur and Dashiell) were named after three famous mystery writers, Creator/AgathaChristie, Creator/ArthurConanDoyle and Creator/DashiellHammett.
* ShownTheirWork: Spielberg went out of his way to avert {{Zeerust}} and accurately represent the kind of technology that will likely be available around the time of the film's setting.
* ShutUpHannibal: See BerserkButton.
* SixIsNine: John Anderton gets Crow's hotel room wrong due to the numeral 9 on the having a screw loose.
%%* SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsFate
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The main point of criticism of the film was that the idealistic happy ending stood in stark, jarring contrast to the dark tone of the rest of the film, to the point that it seems completely out of place. Unsurprisingly, a popular [[AllJustADream alternative interpretation]] of the film sprung up to counteract this. Where the viewer sits on the scale will probably determine which interpretation they find more plausible.
* SoftGlass, SheetOfGlass, DramaticShattering, etc: Considering this future has things like precognition, holographic storage, an automated maglev transport system and other technologically advanced things, they apparently can't make glass that doesn't shatter with the slightest impact.
** In the arrest of Howard Marks, the precrime cops crash through a skylight, sending shards of glass all over the room, especially all over the wife and lover who were directly underneath. Then, Anderton throws Marks onto the bed, ''which is covered in shattered glass''. If this were real life, Marks should have been bloodied up a little bit. Unless all glass in the future shatters without sharp bits, like car windshields. Plausible, but ''expensive.''
* SpaceBrasilia: Averted.
* SpiritualSuccessor: With its classically philosophical and futuristic themes, and its running motifs applied to eyes, while also being based on a story by Creator/PhilipKDick, this could be considered to be an example of this trope for ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* SpitTake: The ''other'' sandwich/milk combo in the fridge.
* SpottingTheThread: [[spoiler: The key to an objective observation of the minority report of the death of Agatha's mother was that with the supposed duplicate murder the water was rippling in a different direction, thereby occured at a different time of day.]]
* StableTimeLoop: Not entirely stable, because it doesn't play out the same, but still necessary. Anderton's ability to even commit the murder in the future is contingent upon the fact that he sees exactly how he will do so from the vision, which even predicts that he will [[spoiler:successfully kidnap Agatha along the way]]. This curious property also makes the murder premeditated, because Anderton has to unravel the clues in the fragmented vision to guide him to the final moment, turning what is technically a crime of passion into a premeditated murder by virtue of Anderton's determination to prove his innocence.
* StarfishRobots: The insect-like tracker robots.
* SuicideByCop: Attempted, averted, succeeded.
%%* SuperWindowJump
* SwissCheeseSecurity: [[spoiler:Those eyeballs]] sure came in handy afterward. ''Twice.''
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Witver. He's obsessed with finding the flaw in Precrime, but drug abuse is a legit reason for busting Anderton and [[spoiler:he doesn't blame Anderton]] for being framed for Crow's murder when he sees the forged evidence.
** Also, in the end it turns out that [[spoiler: he was [[TheExtremistWasRight right all along]] about Precrime. Too bad he didn't live to see it.]]
* TechMarchesOn: With the advent of the Kinect, it seems kinda silly that people need to wear that glove to use the computer in the Precrime office, although it could be argued it is used to prevent interference from other people (like when Anderton throws the previsions to the corner of the screen when he goes to shake Witver's hand).
** Justified, for now, in that real-life gestural systems require the use of a glove in order to resolve more detailed gestures more quickly than devices like the Kinect.
* TechnologyPorn: Numerous examples. Precrime's gesture-based interface is particularly stunning.
* ThemeNaming: the Precogs are named after mystery writers (Creator/{{Agatha|Christie}}, Creator/{{Arthur|ConanDoyle}} and Creator/{{Dashiell|Hammett}}).
* TitleDrop: About halfway through the film, when Hineman explains the titular concept.
* ToastedBuns: The jetpack cops. Possibly justified, as the [[FutureSpandex suits they wear]] may be fire resistant.
* TrueCompanions: Anderton's team fills this role, obviously caring for him. Fletcher looks almost in tears when they come to arrest him. In the ensuing ChaseScene, Anderton works ''very'' hard not to harm them, and largely succeeds.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Released in 2002, set in 2054.
* UnnaturallyBlueLighting: This movie uses it extensively. Most scenes have it, and the intensity varies from a light dusting to complete submersion - it is a classic modern example of the trope.
** Lampshaded by Iris Hineman - Anderton cuts himself on a plant in her garden which produces a hallucinogenic toxin, and she tells him that Anderton will soon see a marvellous display of blue objects (by this stage, the audience will have seen little else besides).
* TheUnreveal: We never do find out what happened to [[spoiler: Anderton's son]].
* UnusualUserInterface: A gesture-based interface, several years before the Kinect made it a reality.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: [[spoiler:Burgess]] tries to get Anderton to see things his way on how many people they've saved thanks to Precrime, and how many people they could have saved with it, including [[BerserkButton his son]].
* VideoPhone: They're even installed in future cars, and since cars can drive themselves, people in using the video phone in the car can commit themselves entirely to the phone call and not have to pay attention to the road.
* VomitingCop: Anderton deflects a "sick stick" attack into another cop, causing immediate projectile vomiting.
* WaifProphet: All three precogs, but especially Agatha.
* TheWatson: Witwer in the opening scenes.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Burgess. He's a murderer, but appears genuinely motivated by a sincere desire to protect Precrime and prevent needless murders.]]
* WhamLine:
** Hineman: "But occasionally...they do disagree".
** Lara: "...But I never said she drowned".
* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: Anderton is apparently forgiven for all the other crimes he committed in attempting to prove he didn't murder anyone. To his credit, when he's fighting off the Precops, he goes out of his way not to harm any of them, going so far as to double check that one had a good grip on a fire escape after he swiped his jetpack and before letting go of him. And the authorities can't exactly prosecute him without describing ''exactly how much of a fool he made them look''.
** Not to mention [[spoiler:revealing Burgess' murder of Agatha's mother]].
** The video game goes full SelectiveCondemnation, where you can murder 60+ police officers and others by shooting them, beating them to death, and throwing them off of buildings or into acid and fires, but the only thing people care about is the crime you're framed for.
* YouCantFightFate: When [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2n7SXUM9m0 discussing the concept]] of Precrime and its accuracy, Danny argues that they're subverting fate constantly with their interventions. Anderton counters that though this is true, it's a common phenomenon even ''without'' precognition - crimes are prevented all the time, but it doesn't mean the perpetrators aren't criminals. Just because Precrime prevents murders, it doesn't mean the murderers aren't murderers.
-->'''Witwer''': ''But it's not the future if you stop it. Isn't that a fundamental paradox?''\\
'''Anderton''': ''Yes it is. You're talking about predetermination, which happens all the time.'' (rolls a red ball across a table at Witwer)\\
(Witwer catches it)\\
'''Anderton''': ''Why’d you catch that?''\\
'''Witwer''': ''Because it was going to fall.''\\
'''Anderton''': ''You’re '''certain?''' ''\\
'''Witwer''': ''Yeah.''\\
'''Anderton''': ''But it '''didn’t''' fall. '''You''' caught it. The fact that you prevented it from happening doesn’t change the fact that it was '''going''' to happen.''[[note]]This is actually a thought experiment by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_induction#David_Hume David Hume.]][[/note]]
** Subverted specifically for Anderton when Precog Agatha tells him, "You always have a choice." [[spoiler:Anderton ultimately decides not to kill him, running out the clock and thus subverting the vision, but the guy grabs the gun to force Anderton to kill him. Instead of murdering the guy, Anderton has now accidentally killed him.]]
%% It LOOKS like seeing the murderball STARTED the chain of events that led to John meeting Crow and executing him (played straight). Only at the last minute does John demonstrate that he could choose not to (averted), so this is a true subversion for John. ZigZagged in that Agatha saw this future, it was just too similar to the other two pre-visions for her to tell the difference.
--> ''"Everybody runs."''